Book review: Beyond Globalization: Capitalism, Territoriality and the International Relations of Modernity, written by Hannes Lacher

Book review: Marxism and World Politics: Contesting Global Capitalism, written by Alexander Anievas

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This article will discuss the ongoing development of a Marxist theory of international relations. Examining the work of Hannes Lacher and that of the contributors to Marxism and World Politics reveals an overarching concern amongst this group of scholars to engage with the central concerns of the discipline of International Relations – the nature of the state, anarchy, and war. Their analysis provides an excellent starting point for the development of a Marxist approach to international relations.

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2

Berki 1971; Maclean 1988; Smith 1996.

4

Maclean 1988.

5

Hoffman 1977; Smith 2000.

6

Cox 1981, 1983; van der Pijl 1984; Gill 1986; Rupert 1994. For an account of the intellectual development of Gramscian ir see McCarthy 2011.

8

Linklater 1982, 1998; Shilliam 2009; Fluck 2010; Joseph 2002; Wight 2006.

9

Lacher 2006, p. 8.

11

Giddens 1990; Scholte 2000.

12

Ruggie 1993.

13

Chase-Dunn 1981; Harman 2004.

14

Lacher 2006, pp. 28–9.

15

Burns 2010, p. 239, passim.

16

Brenner 1976, 1982.

17

Brenner 1976, 2007; Wickham 2006, 2008.

18

Lacher 2006, p. 80.

19

Lacher 2006, pp. 88–90.

20

Allinson and Anievas 2011, pp. 201–2; Mann suggests that all concepts of capitalism are ideal types – Mann 1986, pp. 455–6. For discussion of ideal types see Lacher 2006, pp. 32–3. Lacher and Teschke illustrate an awareness of the potential problems in their contribution to Anievas’s volume as well.

21

Giddens 1981, p. 128, quoted in Lacher 2006, p. 36.

23

Lacher 2006, pp. 35–9, 125.

24

Allison and Anievas 2011, p. 214.

25

Burns 2010, pp. 244–6, criticises this understanding of capitalism as historically specific to modernity. For a general critique of Political Marxist approaches see Callinicos 1989. I find this critique unconvincing due to its adherence to an inadequate understanding of technology and its development, a problem shared in some ways with Political Marxism itself, as noted here.

26

Bois 1985, pp. 116–17; Brenner 2004; Wickham 2008.

27

Lacher 2006, p. 30.

28

Lacher 2006, p. 32.

29

MacKenzie 1984; Feenberg 1991, 1999; Dyer-Whitherford 2000; Wendling 2009.

30

Lacher 2006, p. 69.

31

Mann 1986, pp. 455–6; McNeill 1984, pp. 150–3; Parker 1996.

33

Lacher 2006, p. 32.

34

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 15.

37

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 16.

38

Anievas (ed.) 2010, pp. 20–1.

39

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 24.

40

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 26.

41

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 16.

43

Giddens 1986, p. 2; Mann 1993, pp. 24, 49, 69–70.

44

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 16.

45

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 24.

46

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 13.

47

Mearsheimer 1990, 2001; Layne 1993, 2009; Waltz 2000.

49

Suganami 1989, pp. 40–164; Deudney 1995, 2008. Deudney’s work draws attention to a neglected area of Marxist scholarship – nuclear weapons and their impact upon political orders. Arguments about the possible emergence of a ‘World State’ have re-emerged within ir. See Wendt 2003; Craig 2009; Weiss 2009. For a review see Cabrera 2010.

50

Anievas (ed.) 2010, pp. 132–7.

51

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 142.

52

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 28.

53

Teschke 1998, 2003, 2005; Lacher 2005, 2006.

54

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 31.

55

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 109.

56

Cf. Klare 2004; Harvey 2003. For a strong examination of the (missing) benefits to us oil capital after the Iraq invasion see Paul 2006.

57

Van der Pijl 2007.

58

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 42.

59

Robinson 2001, 2003.

60

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 62.

61

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 63.

62

Anievas (ed.) 2010, pp. 64–8.

63

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 68.

64

Lacher 2006, pp. 158–62; Morton 2007, pp. 140–50; Wood 2007, pp. 155–9.

65

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 152; see Rosenberg 2006, 2010, 2013.

66

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 150.

67

Allinson and Anievas 2009; McCarthy 2010.

68

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 154.

69

See Rosenberg 2010.

70

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 184.

71

Anievas (ed.) 2010, pp. 185–9.

72

Anievas (ed.) 2010, pp. 188–90.

73

Anievas (ed.) 2010, pp. 225–6.

74

Richards 1996, 2005.

76

Hobson 2004, 2011.

77

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 112.

78

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 123.

79

Anievas (ed.) 2010, p. 119.

81

Cf. Wendt 1987.

83

Gat 2006; Linklater 2011; Pinker 2011.

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